MCPS Students Improve Community Through Eagle Scout Projects
Senior Hunter Vaccaro and Sophomore Bryce Galloway have been busy working to make their community a better place. Both are Boy Scouts and had to plan, develop, and lead community service projects to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor.
Hunter headed a project to improve the grounds of the historical Buena Vista plantation in Prattville, a venue used to host events. He organized a group to do some much-needed clean-up of buildings and grounds and repaired the cemetery fence and wheelchair ramp. His efforts are helping this property to be enjoyed by another generation of people.
Darlene Leistner, the manager of the property, was thankful for Hunter’s hard work. "Hunter impressed me as one of the future leaders in our country,” she said. “He is a kind-hearted young man who works well with others in leadership. He ensures that what he has started is completely finished and is done with excellence.”
Bryce’s project helped Montgomery Christian School, a small elementary school on McGehee Road. MCS wanted to create an outdoor learning space, and Bryce was happy to help. His project involved clearing brush on their campus and building a set of raised garden beds.
MCS Principal Kathi Atkins praised Bryce for his conscientiousness. “Bryce was delightful to work with,” she said. “We really appreciate the effort he put in and how serious he took this project. He did what he said he would do when he said he would do it, and he did it well.”
The garden will serve as an outdoor learning garden. The MCS third grade class will soon be planting seasonal vegetables and flowers in it.
Hunter recently held his Court of Honor, a ceremony to celebrate attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Bryce is currently planning his Court of Honor, which will be held later this year.